Big news, people. The Call Me by Your Name book sequel was released this week, and it is, in short, really f*cking good. It’s called Find Me and it follows Oliver and Elio through their lives 15 years after the first book ends. CMBYN was obviously made into a movie of the same name, and there are lots of rumors that the second book will be too.
CMBYN ended with Oliver going back to the states and eventually getting engaged to a woman. Elio was devastated, and the world was blessed with Timothée Chalamet crying into the camera for three minutes straight.
So the question is, if the powers that be make the second book into another movie (please, for the love of god, PLEASE), where does that leave Elio and Oliver? Do they find their way back to each other? If you are too lazy to read the book but wanna know how it ends, this guide is for you. That means there are MAJOR! SPOILERS! AHEAD! Do not keep reading if you want to be surprised. I mean it!!
The book’s structure
Before I just up and tell you how this thing ends, we need to talk about the way the book is set up. The first novel had an afterward that explained where the characters were years after the fact. This new book is woven in between those time jumps and told in three parts. It sounds confusing, but it works.
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Tell me how it ends already!
OKAY, sorry. So at the very end of the book (like, with 10 pages to spare), Elio and Oliver do, in fact, end up together. It’s written as a flash-forward, basically, and the two of them now live in the house where they spent that first summer. It doesn’t really delve into how the reunion actually came to be, but the point is that it happened. After 20 whole years! They’re finally doing the damn thing!
General thoughts re: this ending...
But in all seriousness...